|BOSTON, MA - JULY 19: Cody Ross #7 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with teammate Dustin Pedroia #15 after hitting the game winning walk-off three run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox during the game on July 19, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)|
Ross may have technically won the game, but he wouldn't have been afforded the opportunity had it not been for Clay Buchholz' dominance of the potent White Sox offense. The righty threw eight innings of one-run ball, allowing six hits with six strikeouts and a walk.
White Sox starter, Jose Quintana, was just a bit better than Buchholz though, preventing the Red Sox starter from picking up a win. The rookie pitched eight innings also, without allowing a run on just five hits to lower his season ERA to 2.30 in 70 1/3 IP.
Dustin Pedroia picked up a single in four at-bats in his return from the 15-day disabled list and Adrian Gonzalez was 2-4 with a pair of singles to raise his average to .298 on the season.
Boston will welcome the Toronto Blue Jays to town Friday night for a three game set at Fenway Park. Struggling starter Josh Beckett will take on Aaron Laffey who is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA on the season. The Red Sox are now 9.5 games behind the Yankees in the division but just 1.0 game behind the Angels and Tigers for a wild card spot.
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